“Do people who complain about the performative nature of social media not realise how performative reality is?”
A bold new work by Christopher Bryant probing the role of social media, influencers, and artificial intelligence in the chaos of the Internet-age, Disinhibition opens this August at MUST.
What happens when you accrue a following of 50,000 fans before you’ve even finished high school? Moreover, how far would you go to make them leave you alone?
Christopher says, “In 2019, we’ve never been more connected, and we’ve also never been more alone.” Disinhibition explores the social and cultural consequences of the gulf between our online profiles and our everyday lives. It presents a world where technological facades fuel social disconnection, anxiety and a brutal loss of restraint in cyberspace communication, coined ‘The Disinhibition Effect’.
Flick is Insta-famous for her FODMAP-friendly cooking, despite passing off restaurant meals as her own. George has an ever-growing following, with his fans watching his every move, but longs for escape. Tay is a dynamic program created by Microsoft who learns what it means to be human from the strangers she chats with online. But what happens when she learns about souls, love, humour... and racism?
Disinhibition takes partial inspiration from the real-life story of Tay, a Microsoft Twitter chatbot hurriedly taken offline when her single day of operation ended in disaster. An acronym for ‘Thinking About You’, Tay was a controversial hallmark of artificial intelligence that learnt all too quickly from her interactions with online trolls.
A finalist for the Silver Gull Playwriting Award and selected from a wide international field for development at the Great Plains Theatre Conference (USA), Disinhibition “pushes us full-throttle to uncomfortable realisations about our relationship with social media and the way we present ourselves,” says director, Yvonne Virsik, “It’s an extraordinary new work from Chris.”
Christopher Bryant is a Griffin Award nominated playwright and NIDA graduate (Writing for Performance). He has collaborated with a range of companies including fortyfivedownstairs, Malthouse Theatre and La Mama.
Yvonne Virsik is a freelance director (Malthouse, MTC, La Mama) and the Artistic Director of MUST, where she has mentored hundreds of brilliant young theatre makers, including Christopher. For MUST she has directed works such as Spring Awakening, “pure ecstasy” ★★★★★ (Theatrepeople); Declan Greene’s BOG and Laugh Out Loud; and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids' Tale, "Captivating telling" (SometimesMelbourne).
"MUST creates the kind of theatre that blows me away every time" - Anne Marie Peard (SometimesMelbourne)
Weds 28 - Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm | Tues 3 - Sat 7 Sept 7.30pm | Matinee Sat 7 Sept 3pm
Post show Q & A Thurs 5 Sept
The MUST Space, Grnd Flr West, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk, Monash University (Clayton)
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Tickets: MSA $15 | Conc $17 | Full $21
Bookings: msa.monash.edu/must | Enquiries via MUST 9905 8173
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult Themes (incl. sexual references & violence) Recommended 13+
Venue: The MUST Space, Grnd Flr West, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk, Monash University Clayton
Enquiries via MUST 9905 8173